Tunisia overwhelmingly passes anti-terror law

Tunisia’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly to pass the country’s new anti-terror law despite fears by rights groups that it could be abused and threaten the fledgling democracy. In a late-night session Friday, 174 deputies voted for the legislation, 10 abstained and no one voted against it — a sign of the perceived

urgency for the law after Tunisia was battered by devastating attacks on tourists in March and then again June. The law replaces legislation from 2003 and is designed to facilitate efforts to combat terrorism, but rights groups fear it will give impunity to security forces and sacrifice the achievements of the 2011 revolution for the sake of stability. “The Tunisian authorities are rightly concerned about the growing influence of individuals and extremist groups and the threat they pose to their citizens and foreigners,” said Eric Goldstein of Human Rights Watch. “However, laws to fight against terrorism should respect and not violate the international standards of human rights.”

via ynetnews.com

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4683776,00.html

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